Sri Lanka – Ella to Mirissa and Udawalawe National Park

Our journey from Ella to Mirissa was approximately 6 hours by road, and we found that by leaving early (5 a.m.) we could make a stop at Udawalawe National Park for a safari drive.  Udawalawe has over 250 elephants and it was created  to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of a reservoir.  We didn’t see any large herds, but plenty of individuals  and a couple of small family groups.

We also saw plenty of birds.

Wallowing Water Buffalo

We also stopped at a beautiful lake full of dead trees.

And finally on our way out there was a little lizard warming up on a branch right next to the track.